Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"Trouble is the one thing that never does get stopped"

Storms Payback From God, Nagin Says
Mayor Faults War, Blacks' Infighting

By Brett Martel
Associated Press
Tuesday, January 17, 2006; Page A04

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16 -- Mayor C. Ray Nagin suggested Monday that hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" -- and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"I wish I could be like Mama and say the Lord's will be done, but I don't know it seems to me that trouble is the one thing that never does get stopped and I don't know what good it does to blame it on the Lord."
-- Sonny's letter from prison to his brother in James Baldwin's classic story "Sonny's Blues"


Sarah Sometimes said...

I love that Baldwin story.

Bitty said...

Me too. The language of that story has layers so deep that they have yet to be uncovered by mortals!

And every time someone makes a comment like Nagin's, those are the words that pop into my head.